Saturday, September 25, 2021

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Ruth Henry's Historical Musical Drama:
'Bombs & Blooms' Comes to Geneseo Warplane Museum Sept. 30 thru Oct. 2
1.25 Minute Video Preview
Thursday 9/30: 10 am
Friday 10/1: 10 am & 7:30 pm
Saturday Oct. 2: 4:00 pm
General Admission: $26 at door ($24 pre-sale)
Matinee & Military Veterans: $22 at door ($20 pre-sale)
Students: $16 (Suitable for ages 8+)
National Warplane Museum
3489 Big Tree Lane
Geneseo, NY 14454
www.NationalWarplaneMuseum.com
For more info Email: henryr@nycap.rr.com
or Call: 585-243-2100
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Sunday 26 September 2021:
Oil and Gravel Cause Second Annual Serpent's Shadow Route to be Changed
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Town of Castile Roads through and around the Silver Lake Institute have created a problem for the Serpent's Shadow multisport event. Both the transition area and the race course itself has been changed because of the application of oil and gravel to Lakeside, Chapman and Perry avenues out to Camp Road and cannot be used for bikes.

The transition area was originally from Asbury Retreat Center's large lawn between Lakeside Avenue and Silver Lake is now the Charcoal Corral. Triathletes and Aqua bikers will just run from the lake to the Corral after finishing their kayak portion of their events.

Start time remains at 10:00 am for all four events: 5k Run, Sprint Triathlon, Aqua bike, and Duathlon.

To register to volunteer, go online to wolfpackmultisport.com.  From the Home Page, scroll to Serpent's Shadow Multisport Festival and click on Race Details. Those registering for any of the multisport races who are not already members of USA Triathlon can pay  $5.00 for a one-day membership.

Following its tradition of supporting our local communities, Wolfpack Multisport will be donating a portion of race proceeds to Peers Together of Wyoming County.
Slightly Warmer Start for Saturday
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High of 69, low of 47. Sunshine more powerful today than the occasional cool breezes. One week from today is the last regular Trustee meeting for 2021 and will include approval of the budget: 10 am Hoag Gallery. This will be proceeded by a meeting of the Epworth Hall Committee at 9:15 am at Hoag Gallery.

Friday, September 24, 2021

NY governor refusing to budge on vaccine mandate for nurses: You're replaceable

Democratic New York Gov. Kathy Hochul remained adamant that health care workers get vaccinated by Sept. 27 in the state or be replaced. "To all the healthcare providers, doctors and nurses in particular who are vaccinated, I say thank you. Because you are keeping true to your oath," Hochul said during a visit to Rochester Wednesday. "To those who won’t, we will be replacing people."
JUDGE TOSSES REQUEST -- A U.S. district judge dismissed nine state security guards’ request Thursday for a temporary restraining order against a COVID-19 vaccine mandate that goes into effect Monday for state health workers who directly work with patients.
TWO COVID-19 RELATED DEATHS -- Two COVID-19 related deaths have been reported in Livingston County. The deaths involved a man in his 70s and a female in her 90s, Public Health Director Jennifer Rodriguez has confirmed. Both were from Conesus. “We offer our deepest condolences to their families, friends and loved ones during this difficult time,” Ms. Rodriguez said. “Please be mindful as the cooler weather approaches, Rodriguez said. “This is a transitional time of year when people, in general, are more susceptible to viruses and other infections.” Wyoming County reported a total of 48 active cases on Thursday, down 17 from Wednesday. The county reports a total of 3,083 confirmed positive cases and 2,981 recoveries since the pandemic began. By MATT SURTEL - msurtel@batavianews.com
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Friday 24 Sept 2021:
Morning hours brought a cold-feeling hefty wind with periods of sun and clouds. Afternoon: much less wind

Signs of Fall: Cooler temps (51° at 8 am; high 64°) and the very beginnings of leaves noticeable on the ground with acorns falling, making a racket. I was hit by 3 of them entering my front door Wednesday.

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Genesee and Wyoming counties ask for modified vaccine mandate

By MALLORY DIEFENBACH mdiefenbach@batavianews.com

The Genesee County Legislature urged Gov. Kathy Hochul and state Mental Health Commissioner Ann Marie T. Sullivan to modify the COVID-19 mandate for all healthcare workers on Wednesday.

The Legislature passed a resolution Wednesday afternoon expressing concern that the mandate which requires healthcare workers be vaccinated against COVID-19 by Sept. 27 will lead to significant numbers of resignations among staff and force hospitals and nursing homes to shutter beds and reduce capacity.The resolution asked for a “twice a week, or more frequent testing alternative” to protect patient safety.

“Our community cannot risk losing critical healthcare workers and acute and long-term care capacity,” the resolution said. “We don’t take this lightly,” said Genesee County Legislature Chairwoman Shelly Stein. “We ask for people to receive their vaccinations. At the same time the staffing shortages that will be plaguing this town are enough (that) we have to have our voice be heard,” Stein said. Wyoming County passed a similar resolution Tuesday.

Although well-intentioned, the vaccine mandate proposed by Hochul and Commissioner Howard Zucker runs the risk of effecting the mass resignation of unvaccinated healthcare workers throughout the state, Wyoming County’s resolution reads. That’s a concern in Wyoming County, which has one of two county-run hospitals in the state. The county recommends all eligible people get vaccinated against COVID-19 but is asking Hochul and Zucker to modify their vaccine mandate to allow for a testing option for those workers who do not wish to receive the vaccine.

A federal court Tuesday granted a temporary restraining order against Hochul’s vaccine mandate for health care workers. The lawsuit, which was filed by 17 health care workers including doctors and nurses, alleges that the mandate nullifies federal anti-discrimination laws for “sincere religious exemptions” granted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

The restraining order suspends the vaccine mandate for health care workers to the extent that employers deny religious exemptions, while barring the state Department of Health from interfering with religious exemptions already granted and taking disciplinary action against workers who have an exemption, according to the court ruling. Outside the Old Courthouse in Genesee County, there were protestors earlier Wednesday against the vaccine mandate.
Two people killed in Pembroke crash between tractor trailer, car Wednesday

The two people that died in a Genesee County crash Wednesday afternoon have now been identified. Crews were called to the scene at 1:47 p.m. at Route 77 and Indian Falls Road in the Town of Pembroke, near the Western New York National Cemetery, according to Genesee County Chief Deputy Brian Frieday.

According to a preliminary investigation, Frieday said a passenger vehicle was traveling west on Indian Falls Road and failed to stop at an intersection. The car was struck by a tractor-trailer heading north on Route 77.

The two victims in the vehicle, Arnold Herdendorf, the driver, 69, of Lockport, and his passenger, Christopher Rowell, 70, also of Lockport, were pronounced dead at the scene. Both vehicles came to a stop in a field northwest of the intersection. Two people were in the tractor-trailer. Neither were injured.
       
  Sources: Genesee County Sheriff's Office; WGRZ Buffalo; The Daily News.

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

September 22, 2021 to December 21, 2021
 

Arts Council for Wyoming County's 45th annual Letchworth Arts & Crafts Show & Sale headed to Perry Park
The Arts Council for Wyoming County (ACWC) will present the 45th anniversary Letchworth Arts & Crafts Show & Sale (LACS) at the Perry Village Park this Columbus Day weekend (Oct. 9-11). The juried event will feature more than 200 artisans displaying their wares, plus food vendors, live entertainment and other fun activities for the entire family.
Woman hospitalized after pickup truck hits Amish Buggy in Wyoming County 
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JAVA, N.Y. (WIVB) – A woman in the Town of Java suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries Monday when her Amish Buggy was struck by a pickup truck on Chaffee Road, according to the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office. 

Police say a man driving a Ford F350 was coming over a small hill in the road and had the rising sun in his eyes when he struck the buggy, which was also in the eastbound lane, causing it to roll over. 

The woman operating the horse-drawn carriage was the only occupant. She was taken by ambulance to ECMC. The driver of the pickup truck was uninjured.. The horse pulling the buggy was badly injured and had to be euthanized. Following an on-the-scene investigation by deputies, no charges were filed.

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

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Rain Overnight:
Wednesday's High will be 73 degrees

Monday, September 20, 2021

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Cool Overnight, Mornings; 80s Afternoon:
News Briefs
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762 Bills season-ticket holders requested refunds after a vaccine requirement by Erie County and Pegula Sports and Entertainment announced last week that a Covid-19 vaccination would be required to attend Bills and Sabres' games this season. The teams offered season-ticket holders a chance to request a refund. The deadline for Bills season-ticket holders to submit their request was last Friday. 762 requested refunds. The tickets will first be offered to those on the season-ticket waiting list. The deadline for Sabres' season-ticket holders to request a refund is 5 pm Tuesday. 

US to loosen foreign travel restrictions, require vaccines, but Canadian border closure extended to October 21.

Pfizer says its COVID-19 vaccine works in children ages 5 to 11. and will soon be available.

Body found in Wyoming believed to be Gabby Petito. Her fiance, Brian Laundrie, remains missing. FBI taking over the case. For accuracy, that's Wyoming state.


WNY health experts support booster shots for people most at risk for covid such as those age 65 and older, health care workers, diabetes patients, and possibly school teachers.

COVID-19 has now killed about as many Americans as the 1918-19 Spanish flu pandemic did — approximately 675,000. And like the worldwide scourge of a century ago, the coronavirus may never entirely disappear from our midst. Instead, scientists hope the virus that causes COVID-19 becomes a mild seasonal bug as human immunity strengthens through vaccination and repeated infection. That would take time. “We hope it will be like getting a cold, but there’s no guarantee,” said Emory University biologist Rustom Antia, who suggests an optimistic scenario in which this could happen over a few years.

Sunday, September 19, 2021

By Joan Gralla
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It’s not venomous, doesn’t sting or bite or spread diseases, and has appealing red, white and black polka dot wings.

But the spotted lanternfly is destructive in others ways. It has an "insatiable appetite for the sap of fruit, ornamental and woody plants," Penn State’s College of Agriculture Sciences wrote in a 2020 report.

According to New York State's Department of Agriculture and Markets' website, it feeds on more than 70 different plants. Suffolk’s vineyards and orchards already have been told to prepare, officials said.

"We’ll have to be very vigilant," said Chris Logue, director of the department's plant industry division.

What does it look like?

Adults are easy to spot. They are large: an inch long, a half-inch wide at rest and have a striking appearance.

"It’s very unique," said Carrie Brown-Lima, director of the New York Invasive Species Research Institute at Cornell University.

What's so bad about it?

Spotted lanternflies feed on more than six dozen plants, including apples, grapes, hops, stone fruits and hardwood trees.

In Pennsylvania, where this bug evidently rode in on a stone slab from China in 2014, yearly economic losses five years later were just over $50 million, and 484 jobs were lost, Penn State's report said.

Late-summer and autumn wine tourists and apple and pumpkin pickers all should scan their vehicles, especially under fenders and hood air vents where these pests can hide.

Where has it been spotted?

As of April, nine states had infestations and "single individual insects" had been spotted in seven others, said Melody Keena, a U.S. Forest Service research entomologist.

This map from Cornell University shows reported sightings as of this week, including on Long Island.

At least two Nassau residents and one in Suffolk have spotted and slain the insects, and in New York City, they have washed up on Staten Island beaches.

"We probably have had, over a couple of days at the end of August, somewhere in the neighborhood of 500 reports," Logue said.

Dyanna Wunsch, 49, of Wantagh, opened her front door recently to spy one "just walking across our doormat," she said.

"It freaked me out," she said, having never seen anything quite like it. Posting the picture her daughter took on social media, she asked if anyone could identify it.

"Immediately people started saying ‘Kill it,’ and everything you read just says ‘Kill it,’ " she said. So armed with wasp pesticide, she hunted it down, finding it clinging to the porch railing, and reported it.

She said it might have hitched a ride on her car after a recent trip to Pennsylvania's Pike County, about 90 miles from midtown Manhattan, where this invader has foraged since at least 2019.

Maria Weigel, 56, of Massapequa, immediately recognized it when one appeared on her property.

"It had hopped right in, onto the deck and right up to the back door," she said. Her husband carried out the execution.

She reported the sighting and shared it on social media. "I’m just glad that I found it when I did and spread the word."

How did they get here?

All too often, they escape attempts to quarantine them. For instance, Logue noted they can travel on empty rail cars that may be left unattended at interstate junctions; Keena said they have been found on planes landing in California, which relies on exports of crops and wines. One specimen recently turned up at the Kansas state fair, experts noted.

Where does it lay eggs?

Now is the prime time to be on guard, not just for adult lanternflies, but also the egg masses they will soon lay. Those are approximately an inch long and resemble a smear of mud.

The egg masses will be encased in "a gray waxy material on smooth surfaces, often tree bark, but also on a wide variety of natural and manufactured items, including stone, cinder blocks, automobiles, rail cars and shipping pallets," Keena said.

"I have seen hundreds of egg masses on single preferred trees in Pennsylvania," Keena said.

Those egg masses can be hard to spot in wooded areas. In vineyards, they were found at the base of a vine, where the grass is forming, Brown-Lima said.

Spotted lanternflies also release a sticky fluid scientists call honeydew that draws other bugs and becomes fuel for mold. And in swarms, this invasive species can be unpleasant to encounter.

It's 'Heaven' they're after

Long Island is often home to this pest’s favorite host: the Tree of Heaven.

Growing as tall as 80 feet, it has multiple, narrow leaflets on either side of long stems.

This Chinese sumac, imported in 1784 to Philadelphia via England, arrived in Flushing in 1820, where it was "publicized, planted and cultivated" as a "fast-growing, exotic shade tree," said the nonprofit Ecological Landscape Alliance. Seeds were even distributed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Well aware his trio of backyard Trees of Heaven, too huge to easily remove, could lure spotted lanternflies, Frank Piccininni of Huntington said he instead girdled them. Slicing a ring into the trunk below the lowest branch stops the sap from rising, slowly killing the tree. The shoots must be repeatedly removed, he said.

An environmental lawyer with a master's degree in biology, he at once knew what to do when a spotted lanternfly flew into his brother-in-law's face at a recent backyard picnic in Huntington.

"I thought I had to kill it as quickly as I could and tell everybody else to be on the lookout." So he did.

How to report sightings

See it, kill it, then report it, is what the state is asking the public to do. Also, scrape off any egg masses, then soak in soapy water.

If you're in New York, follow these steps:

  • Take a photo
  • Collect a sample and place it in a freezer or in a jar with rubbing alcohol or hand sanitizer
  • Fill out this form

Report locations of Tree of Heaven, too.

If you're outside of New York, follow the instructions on the USDA's website under "Where's the Threat and How to Report It."

Saturday, September 18, 2021

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September 16, 2021 Edition:
Perry Herald headlines property line discrepancy on Perry Ave. between two SLI residents and Castile Town Board
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"Castile Town Board Stonewalls on Wall"
"It was the dilemma of a public road and a wall that came before Town of Castile officials at their Sept. 9, 2021 meeting last Thursday. SLI residents, Molly Anthony and William Rudd, who share a home in Silver Lake Institute tract, would like to work with the town to resolve their concerns over a crumbling retaining wall erected years ago by a previous owner.

"The couple says that if the wall, which is 1-2 feet from the east side of their home, falls and injures someone, the town would be liable. 'It's on your property,' Rudd said. 'In order to touch it, we need your permission.'

"Well, that's debatable. Rudd said the property survey shows the wall in the road right-of-way. Assessment records show it sits on a lot, #704, that belongs to Anthony. She purchsed the property with her late husband and they have paid taxes on it, according to assessor Tina McQuillen. Rudd gave copies of the property survey to each councilperson.

" 'If we own it, we don't want it and I'm trying to figure out a way to give it to you,' Rudd told Town Board members. 'The wall should be repaired.' The retired engineer proposed buying the material for the town to fix it.

"Town Attorney Devon Kelly has met twice with the couple and board members have visited the site. Kelly's records searches are not successful to date. 'I don't know who owns it, how they put the road in and whether it was a taking or easement,' Kelly said. 'As it sits, I can't prove [the town] owns the property and the wall or if we only have a right-of-way. How we got it makes a difference. It all depends on what the prior deed says and it should have shown in the deed search. We have a right to use the road but don't know how.'

"Silver Lake Institute years ago had small lots on which tents were erected by people staying at the lake for its assemblies. Most of the lots were eventually sold off. In the 1930s when the track got permission to have a post office, federal law stipulated that it could not be on a dead-end road. The tract extended Perry Avenue south to what is (or became) Chapman Avenue

"Councilman Frank Vitagliano said, 'I think someone put a wall in the town right-of-way.' The wall has steps going down into Anthony's private property. It was probably built to divert water running into the house and over the years that has caused it to erode. 'If the town owned the wall, you wouldn't get those steps,' he noted.

"Rudd has discussed with Deputy Superintendent of Highways Darryl Nourse a seven-foot reduction in the town's easement from Genesee Ave. to Chapman.

" 'We need more information,' Councilman John Hurst said before Supervisor Stan Klein closed the public comment section of the meeting. The Town's attorney will continue his research before recommending action or inaction by Town Board."

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Friday, September 17, 2021

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Friday Evening:
News Briefs                 Compiled by The Daily News

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YORK  A Caledonia teen is facing numerous charges in Livingston County in connection with multiple car thefts across three counties, including Wyoming and Genesee counties, reports the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office. Joshua J. Sumeriski, 18, was arrested and charged Sept. 13 in connection with the thefts, which went back to mid-June. Sumeriski was charged with two counts of third-degree grand larceny, a class D felony; third-degree criminal possession of stolen property, a class D felony; felony tampering with physical evidence; fifth-degree conspiracy; and third-degree unauthorized use of a vehicle.

ALEXANDER — The Western New York Gas & Steam Engine Association was concerned, at first, about how many people might show up at this year’s Gas & Steam Engine Rally, association president Bill Dellapenta says. ... The association need not have worried. “The turnout this year was phenomenal. I think we had a record day on Saturday — 5,000 people came through the gate Dellapenta said Thursday.” Overall attendance might have been up from 2019, when the association last hosted a rally.

OAKFIELD — A lot of the outdoor sitework is complete as contractors continue toward a fall 2022 completion of a $15.3 million improvement project in the Oakfield-Alabama Central School District. Some of the work at the Elementary School is done or on target to be completed this fall, said Superintendent John Fisgus. There’s a brand-new bus loop on the north side of the Elementary School building. Work continues on a new cafeteria and kitchen at the school, as well as a new main office. Its entrance will be rebuilt. There will also be a new teachers’ lounge and gym bleachers and partition. Other features of the project will be new tennis courts; a new stage, lighting and rigging of the Middle/High School Auditorium; bus garage exterior masonry construction and window sill work; bus garage trench drain work; and a new district generator.     Summary of article By BRIAN QUINN - bquinn@batavianews.com


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From the Hornell Evening Tribune:
The one that got away: Allegany County officials react to loss of Great Lakes (Cuba) Cheese plant

Chris Potter
The Wellsville Daily Reporter

It was supposed to be the largest economic investment in Allegany County history. Instead, more than 200 new jobs and a new $500 million manufacturing and packaging plant are on the way to neighboring Cattaraugus County.

Great Lakes Cheese announced Wednesday that it will construct its new facility in Franklinville, officially ending a more than two-year search to replace its current operation in the Allegany County town of Cuba. Allegany County officials lamented the loss of a major employer and a plant that traces its Cuba lineage all the way back to 1871.

“I’m happy for Cattaraugus County but I’m very sad for Allegany County,” said District IV Legislator Karl Graves. “I wish things could’ve been different. At least the jobs aren’t leaving New York state. That’s critical because that would have been catastrophic. Would I have rather seen it in Cuba or elsewhere in Allegany County? Absolutely. We needed that kind of investment.”

The Great Lakes Cheese manufacturing facility on Haskell Road in Cuba produces mozzarella and provolone and is home to award winning string cheese as well.

Construction of the near 500,000 square foot facility is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2022, with the Cuba plant expected to close in 2025. Great Lakes Cheese currently employs 229, and the company expects to add 200 more jobs when the expanded facility comes online.

The move to Franklinville represents a mixed bag for Allegany County. Corey Wiktor, Executive Director of the Cattaraugus County IDA, said Great Lakes Cheese indicated around 95% of the Cuba workforce will transition to Franklinville, keeping many Allegany County residents employed albeit with a longer commute.

Cattaraugus County residents who live closer to Franklinville may be more likely to fill the 200 new jobs, however, with Allegany County also missing out on the ancillary benefits provided by the large-scale manufacturing operation over time.

Thursday, September 16, 2021



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FREE HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE DROP-OFF spon-sored by GLOW is this Saturday (9/18) from 9 am to 12:15 pm. Appointments are mandatory--Online: www.glowsolidwaste; or by phone: 585-815-7906. No business or farm waste. Limited spots so make your appointment right away.

SLI MARINA BOAT HOISTS get professionally removed the first week or weekend in October. Check your lease agreement. Hoist owners are urged to be present to observe, though not a requirement. For exact date and time, contact the SLI Office (Craig Bateman).

ALL OWNERS OF COTTAGES BEING USED AS RENTALS fall under the new rules for Rentals, effective January 1, 2022. This includes an annual rental application with $500 fee; in addition to the application fee, a second $500 to establish a deposit/refundable account. If no violations of the SLI rules take place and/or SLI property damage during the calendar year, this refundable fee will be rolled over to the next calendar year. Letters have been sent to all SLI property owners in addition to the details contained on the SLI website (https://silverlakeinstitute.org) under the category of News.

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

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Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021:
Piece Makers Quilting Club Delivered 32 Quilts this Morning to Angel Action
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The SLI Piece Makers have been working weekly all season in making quilts for those in need of them through the Angel Action program of Wyoming County. This is part of SLI's charter provision to reach out to serve Wyoming County. In past years the Quilting Club has donated to the Linus Project in the Rochester vicinity.

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Confer: A remote WNY lake to paddle this fall

By Bob Confer - Special to The Daily News 
A view of Alma Pond, a diamond-in-the-rough in Allegany County that offers a beautiful excursions for paddlers, such as those using kayaks.

Back in 1928, Herbert Hoover wanted a “car in every garage”. If he were alive today, with that goal realized, his new slogan might be a “kayak in every garage.” Kayaks are everywhere. It seems like everyone has one.

The watersports craze really seems to have picked up its pace in the COVID-19 pandemic. People who are sick of confinement and boredom, or intent on staying away from others have been looking for adventure outdoors and new places to explore.

Once you’ve tackled all the usual suspects – the Great Lakes, Oak Orchard Creek, the Genesee River – you might want someplace different, a little off the beaten path, a destination.

One of those diamonds in the rough that welcomes kayakers is Alma Pond. Located in southern Allegany County, near the Pennsylvania line, this 86-acre gem offers one of the most beautiful paddling excursions in Western New York.

Monday, September 13, 2021

Saturday, September 11, 2021

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Trustees Invited Cottage Owners' Opinions:
SLI Trustees vote to replace  Epworth roof this Fall only if NYS grant arrives before winter weather

The SLI Trustees will continue their application for a credit line but will not be using it unless they are guaranteed access to the "promised" $100,000 NYS grant for the roof replacement. Those present were told that the roof is currently "not leaking" and if it should begin again, it will be temporarily patched until the grant is fully active and accessible.

Editor's Update 9/14/21 -- The last two paragraphs have been removed by request. A re-write is planned for a future date.